Cold and Hot Processed Soaps
Handmade soaps are true works of art. Each bar is as unique as the person making it. You can't beat real, handmade soap. It retains its natural glycerin and is nourishing to skin.
I love chemistry! For the nerds like me out there: What is soap? It's actually a salt, the result of a chemical reaction between acid (fatty acids from oils) and base (sodium hydroxide--a.k.a. lye).
No lye = no soap!
Yikes! Isn't lye a caustic agent? It is, and requires respect and proper safety attire and good ventilation when making soap. But no worries--in a properly balanced soap recipe, no lye is left going rogue. Think of it like a dance party...each lye partner finds a fatty acid partner to dance with. In fact, there should be extra fatty acids hanging around...this is called superfatting, and creates a conditioning bar of soap.
All my from-scratch soaps are made by cold or hot process--what the heck is that???
In cold processed soap making, the raw soap is poured into molds, where it heats itself up and undergoes saponification (the creation of soap). After a few days, I unmold it, cut it into bars, and let the bars cure for about 6-8 weeks so they harden up and finish saponification so they become mild.
In hot processed soap making, you actually cook the soap and have it undergo saponification quickly. I can add fragile things like nut and seed milks and essential oils so they don't take a beating from the lye, and they retain their nourishing qualities. The bars look rustic, since the cooked soap looks like mashed potatoes and literally must be "glopped" into molds. These also cure for about 4-8 weeks to harden up but technically can be used very soon after unmolding.
Each bar weighs approximately 4 oz
Sold out for 2016 but more to come in 2017